Mind the gap! An exploration of the role of lifelong learning in promoting co-production and citizenship within social care for older people

Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Marvin Formosa

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Contemporary themes in public policy have emphasised co-productive approaches within both the access and provision of support services to older people. This paper provides a cross disciplinary exploration from its respective authors perspectives on social work and educational gerontology to examine the potential for lifelong learning and learning interventions from which co-production with those using social care services in later life might be better facilitated. Using an example from the UK, we specifically elicit how co-produced care can enhance the horizon of learning and learning research. The synthesis of ideas across these two disciplines could enrich understanding and provide essential levers for moving towards empowerment and emancipation by engaging with a more co-productive approach in social care for older people.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-254
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean Journal on the Research on the Education and Learning of Adults
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2016


  • older people
  • user-participation
  • person-centred support
  • co-production
  • life-long learning
  • educational gerontology
  • critical pedagogies

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